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Leafs Slip Up Against Oilers

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Matt Iaboni

December 2, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
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The Leafs were playing a team that had played the night before but they couldn't use that to their advantage. Edmonton led 1-0 after the first.

After an early goal in the first period, the Oilers scored another quick goal as Taylor Hall raced around Francois Beauchemin and scored on a gorgeous backhander over the shoulder of Jonas Gustavsson. That was the night for Gustavsson and the Oilers would add another three more goals on their way to sweeping their Eastern Canada road trip.

2 Goals allowed by Jonas Gustavsson on six shots.
34 Seconds apart for the Oilers' goals in the third period.
2.6 Left in the second period when Sam Gagner scored.
-3 Rating for Luke Schenn and Tyler Bozak.
4 Career shutouts for Nikolai Khabibulin against the Leafs.
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Jordan Eberle
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Playing his first game in Toronto, Taylor Hall was electric every time he touched the puck using his great speed to avoid Leafs' defenders.

Hall has been on a tear of late. The rookie forward not only scored on the backhander but in the third he chipped the puck over J. S. Giguere for his first two-goal game in the NHL. He has scored four goals in his past five games. He was a plus three and showed why the Oilers selected him first overall in the 2010 Draft.

It was difficult to find a Leaf that did much of anything but Tim Brent was one of only three players to have an even rating.

He was the Leafs' most effective centre winning seven of his nine draws (78 per cent) and was a big part of the Leafs' penalty kill that went four-for-four. Of his 10:49 of ice-time, 2:48 was when the team was shorthanded.

The Leafs' offence has gone MIA. In the team's last 19 games they have been shut out six times. The chances are there but they aren't burying them and when that happens the Leafs get frustrated and lose focus.

It is easy to say that they don't have enough goal scorers, but too many times the Leafs try individualistic plays when the system breaks down and that gets them in trouble. Those plays result in turnovers in bad spots and that cost them a few times agasinst the Oilers on Thursday.

Ron Wilson on why he yanked Jonas Gustavsson:

"A little bit of momentum but two bad goals and I think the Monster would agree to that. Jiggy's ready so I decided to put him in...but Khabibulin made a bunch of saves. We also misfired on some situations, fanned on the puck and things like that so you can just see the tension mount as the crowd gets stirred up and we become a very frustrated team at that point."

Saturday, December 4 vs. Boston 
7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs' three-game homestand comes to a close against the Boston Bruins who are coming off ana 8-1 win over Tampa Bay Thursday.

Marc Savard made his return to the lineup against the Lightning as he played in his first game of the season. He saw 15:45 of ice-time on the night.

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